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The regulators need regulating

November 27, 2012

Earlier this month the Sunset Commission, a Texas government institution that oversees state agencies and evaluates their effectiveness, released a report calling for several changes to be made to the...

Introducing the Texas Drill Daddies

November 27, 2012

In response to the Texas Sunset Commission’s recommendation that the Texas Railroad Commission change its name to more accurately reflect what it does, we have provided suggestions that better represent...

Regents rein in foundation funding

November 26, 2012

The UT System Board of Regents took nearly one year to review and address disclosures about loans to the faculty from a foundation established to support the UT School of Law. In December 2011, those disclosures...

Co-op consumerism

November 21, 2012

According to the University Co-op, the arbiter of UT fashion if ever there was one, burnt orange is the new black — Black Friday, that is. After waking up Friday morning from a tryptophan-induced...

What to Watch: November 19 – 23

November 19, 2012

The Mises Circle hosts a discussion of Pater Tenenbrarum’s article “The Production Structure,” a work from the school of Austrian capital theory. The discussion takes place Monday in...

We Asked: Are you skipping class?

November 16, 2012

Editor’s note: We asked students around campus whether or not they planned to skip class next week before Thanksgiving break. Gloria Li, biology freshman from Sugar Land Are you skipping class...

End the forgivable loan program

November 15, 2012

Last year, Larry Sager, former dean of UT School of Law, loaned himself $500,000 from a private fund used to sweeten employment offers. When a group of disgruntled law school professors filed an open records...

Secession petition not a legitimate issue

November 15, 2012

As of today, a petition posted on the White House website calling for Texas to secede from the United States has garnered more than 80,000 signatures. Residents of almost 40 other states have created similar...

UT pushed Prop. 1 too hard

November 14, 2012

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Travis County voters approved Proposition 1, which will raise money with its property tax increase and allow UT-Austin to establish a medical school. The voluminous emails, editorials...

Q&A: Sen. Kel Seliger looks forward

November 13, 2012

Editor’s Note: Kel Seliger is a Republican Senator in the Texas State Senate from the 31st District which includes the panhandle and Permian Basin. This spring Seliger will replace Senator Judith...

What to Watch

November 12, 2012

William Ramsey Clark, the 66th U.S. attorney general who supervised the drafting of the 1968 Civil Rights Act, will deliver a lecture titled “From Civil Rights to Human Rights” Monday at noon...

UT benefits from same-sex benefits

November 8, 2012

Twenty-four hours after polls closed, many consider the election a major victory for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans. Wisconsin elected Tammy Baldwin, the nation’s first openly...

We Asked: Does it matter who won?

November 7, 2012

Editor’s note: Between 5 and 6 p.m. last night, one hour before polls closed, we asked students walking around campus if they believe their vote counts and what they plan to do if their candidate...

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The ballot choices you don’t (and should) know about

November 6, 2012

Last week, a young woman walked along the polished, concrete corridor dividing the Tower’s left façade from the Flawn Academic Center on her way to the on-campus polling location. She held...

What to watch: 11/5-11/9

November 5, 2012

Every Monday, we provide a list of the top three opinion-worthy events to expect during the coming week. 1. The Mises Circle, a student organization named after economist Ludwig von Mises, meets tonight...

Regents’ campaign contributions paint a picture

November 5, 2012

According to the Federal Election Commission and opensecrets.org, five out of eight non-student UT System regents have made contributions of $2,500 — the maximum allowed under Federal Election Commission...

We asked: Did you vote?

November 2, 2012

Gentry Railsback, international relations and global studies freshman On voting: “I haven’t. I don’t plan on voting, because I don’t consider myself educated enough about it or...

Perry and Planned Parenthood should consider compromises

November 1, 2012

It’s hard to follow all the bricks being thrown in the fight between Gov. Rick Perry and Planned Parenthood. However, one thing is for sure: Health care for low-income Texas women has taken a backseat...

Endorsements: Vote ‘Yes’ on Prop. 1 and 4

October 31, 2012

Editor’s note: The Daily Texan Editorial Board offers our take on Proposition 1 and 4 in the Austin special election here. Early voting is happening now until Nov. 2, and general voting takes place...

What to Watch: 10/29-11-2

October 29, 2012

1) The Rally to Support Diversity takes place today on the Main Mall at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Students for Equity and Diversity and We Support UT, speakers will address the importance of diversity on campus. 2)...

Endorsements: Prop. 1 is a net gain

October 29, 2012

From now until Nov. 6, Austin residents, including UT students registered to vote in Travis County, have the opportunity to participate in democracy and make their voices heard about the direction in which...

We asked: Parking on campus

October 26, 2012

We asked students on Guadalupe Street about their most memorable parking experiences and their overall impressions of campus-area parking conditions. “One time I was moving in from spring break...

Q&A: Laura Bush

October 25, 2012

Editor’s note: Laura Bush, former first lady of the United States, visited UT Friday evening for the Texas Exes Distinguished Alumnus ceremony, where she was honored for her accomplishments. In 1995,...

Penguins, permission slips and preempted provocation

October 24, 2012

If you’re approaching your 20s (or already in them), you might have read about “Tacky the Penguin.” Written by Helen Lester and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger, the book was first published...

edX: Online education without a vision

October 23, 2012

For university students, October means midterm anxiety and Halloween mischief. For the UT System Board of Regents, however, it’s again time to invest in an unproven, festively punctuated online platform...

Medical school counts on community

October 22, 2012

UT-Austin would like a medical school. Texas A&M has one, Baylor has one, the University of North Texas has one and Texas Tech has two — one in Lubbock and one in El Paso. The UT System already...

We asked: Do debates affect your vote?

October 19, 2012

The Nov. 6 presidential election is 18 days away. We asked students lying on the South Mall enjoying the fall breeze if they watched the last two debates or read the coverage, and if so, whether or not...

No straight talk on immigration

October 18, 2012

During Tuesday night’s debate, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney discussed a wide range of topics, including immigration — an issue of particular importance to...

Moderate Hutchison worked for Texans

October 17, 2012

When Kay Bailey Hutchison, the senior U.S. Senator from Texas, retires at the end of this legislative session, we will have a front-row seat to a marked shift in the Texas Republican Party. Likely to replace...

Justice Kennedy asks, we answer

October 16, 2012

Editor’s note: On Oct. 10, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas, a case filed in 2008 by a white woman who claims UT’s race-conscious admissions policy...

What to Watch 10/15-10/21

October 15, 2012

Every Monday, we’ll provide a list of the top three opinion-worthy events to expect during the coming week. 1) Grab some free pizza and prizes at the Perry-Castañeda Library from 8-9 p.m....

We asked: 24-hour PCL

October 12, 2012

Starting Sunday, the Perry-Castañeda Library will remain open 24 hours a day on weekdays. We asked students standing outside the PCL what they think about the new development, a result of Student...

R.J. Washington loves Justin Bieber

October 11, 2012

Well, it’s time for another Red River Showdown, and for the first time since 2007, both of our teams are coming in with a loss on their records. That’s because our defense’s tackling...

Race cannot be ignored

October 10, 2012

Today the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in in the case filed by Abigail Fisher, a white woman who alleges she was discriminated against when UT denied her admission in 2008. The eventual...

What to Watch 10/8- 10/14

October 8, 2012

Every Monday we’ll provide a list of the top three opinion-worthy events to expect during the coming week. 1. The last day to register to vote in the 2012 election is Oct. 9 You can get a voter...

We asked: Fisher v. UT, for or against

October 5, 2012

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article mismatched respondents' photographs and responses. We asked students standing on the steps of the Tower who they support in next week’s...

Romney and Obama: dueling policy wonks

October 4, 2012

Editor’s note: Fewer fireworks flew during Wednesday night’s presidential Debate in Denver than in Tuesday’s debate in Dallas between the two Texans bidding for the open U.S. Senate seat...

Cruz and Sadler on trolls, guns and money

October 3, 2012

Editor’s note: On Oct. 2, U.S. Senate candidates Paul Sadler (D) and Ted Cruz (R) had their first televised debate. After arguing about how many more debates the pair would have before the Nov. election,...

Four-year grads don’t come cheap

October 2, 2012

On Oct. 1, Gov. Rick Perry gave a speech in Dallas outlining his plan to fight the skyrocketing cost of higher education in Texas. His proposals, which are intended to “meet the growing demand for...

A music college will boost Butler

September 28, 2012

Last Wednesday, The Texan broke the story that UT officials had politely turned down Sarah and Ernest Butler’s immediate $33 million donation to the music school because the couple made it contingent...

Holistic review is not about race

September 27, 2012

Everyone knows the Top 10 Percent law gives Texas public high school students in that tier automatic admission to UT. But how does the remaining portion of the class — 25 percent as mandated by law...

The Firing Line

September 27, 2012

Editor’s note: The best voices, the people’s voices. That is the why of the Firing Line. The true measure of any newspaper is its critics, and we want hard-hitting ones. Nothing is taboo except...

You’re educated, skilled and ejected

September 26, 2012

This past Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected a bill that would have increased the number of green cards available to foreign students in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering...

Q&A Paul Sadler

September 25, 2012

Editor’s note: Paul Sadler is the Democratic candidate in the race to fill Kay Bailey Hutchison’s U.S. Senate seat. He faces Republican opponent Ted Cruz on Nov. 6. The upcoming deadline to...

We asked: Is UT overcrowded?

September 21, 2012

Every Friday, we’ll hit the streets to ask students what they think. This year’s freshman class is the largest in UT history. We asked students walking along Whitis Avenue whether they think...

Q&A: Powers faces Fisher Pt. 2

September 21, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a two-part Q&A with UT President William Powers Jr., former dean of the School of Law, about the Abigail Fisher case, which the U.S. Supreme Court...

Powers faces Fisher Pt. 1

September 20, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a two-part Q&A with UT President William Powers Jr., former dean of the School of Law, about the Fisher v. UT case, which the U.S. Supreme Court...

Authentic Romney

September 19, 2012

On Sept. 17, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made headlines when a recording emerged of him saying, “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what....

Medical school a plus

September 19, 2012

Proposition 1 would increase Travis County property taxes to help fund a new UT medical school and teaching hospital. The proposition will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot and recently received support from...

The numbers count

September 19, 2012

In a reply brief Abigail Fisher filed Sept. 5 with the U.S. Supreme Court, her lawyers argue UT defendants engage in “doublespeak.” Fisher is the plaintiff who in 2008 was denied admission...

Bomb threats call for facts

September 18, 2012

At the height of Friday’s bomb scare, University of Texas Police Department spokeswoman Rhonda Weldon issued an official statement: “At 8:35 a.m. the University received a call from a male...

What to watch: 9/17-9/21

September 17, 2012

Editor’s note: Every Monday we’ll provide a list of the top three opinion-worthy events to expect during the coming week. Celebrate Constitution Day on Monday. The UT Division of Student...

We asked: Should UT remain silent or advocate for dropping the charges? you answered:

September 14, 2012

Every Friday, we’ll hit the streets to ask students what they think. This week we stopped by the Co-op to gauge opinion on today’s court date for members of the Make UT Sweatshop-Free Coalition....

Q&A: Former Ambassador Krueger’s perspective

September 14, 2012

Editor’s note: Bob Krueger served in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and on the Texas Railroad Commission before becoming the American ambassador to Burundi in 1994. He spoke with...

When the yell leader gets it wrong

September 14, 2012

Imagine your football team in the midst of losing on the field, and an opposing team player suffers a fatal injury. In response, a yell leader for your team begins a disrespectful chant at that very moment....

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Before and after: Sweatt and Fisher

September 13, 2012

Editor’s Note: Heman Marion Sweatt II is the nephew of Heman Sweatt, the first African American to attend UT Law School. Sweatt won the right to enroll after he filed a civil rights case against...

Defend free speech

September 12, 2012

18 UT students will go to court this Friday. Arrested in April for participating in anti-sweatshop protests, they face trespassing charges from the Travis County Attorney’s Office. Police arrested...

Medical schools are a boon to Texas

September 11, 2012

On Aug. 17, UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa unveiled plans to establish a medical school in the Rio Grande Valley. That announcement was news to most Texans, but Valley residents and politicians...

What to watch: Sept. 10-14

September 10, 2012

The Young Conservatives of Texas will be on the West Mall for the next two weeks in an effort to compile their Professor Watch List, a guide to identify teaching bias. You can report a professor with liberal...

UT professors argue for Fisher

September 10, 2012

Editor’s note: As part of our effort to publish a wide range of perspectives about Abigail Fisher’s case against UT we have included a summary of an amicus brief filed in support of the plaintiff. The...

Editor’s Call

September 10, 2012

On Oct. 6, the Supreme Court will hear Abigail Fisher’s challenge to UT’s undergraduate admissions policy. Fisher objects to UT’s consideration of the race of applicants who fail to gain...

Shoving us off the public square

September 7, 2012

The Daily Texan tried to not take personally the College of Communication’s banning of our newsstands from the new Belo Center’s front lawn. The word “ban” is hotly contested —...

Planned Parenthood’s Texas future

September 6, 2012

Editor’s note: UT law professor Stefanie Lindquist is the associate dean for external affairs, whose research focuses on judicial behavior in state and federal appeals courts. We asked her about...

Ready for work?

September 5, 2012

Editor’s note: An August Gallup poll revealed only half of Americans believe today’s college graduates are “prepared for the working world.” We asked UT professors and campus leaders...

UT’s scape’Groat’

September 4, 2012

In July, UT garnered unwelcome attention when the Public Accountability Initiative, a Buffalo-based non-profit, reported that the Plains and Exploration Company (PXP), which extracts natural gas from Texas...

What to expect

August 31, 2012

Editor’s note: We have listed below brief descriptions of campus, statewide and national developments that we expect to follow in these pages in the upcoming year and that we hope will prompt UT...

Take the chemistry department’s cue

August 31, 2012

These days, walk into the Co-op and it seems as if all 50,000 UT students are there, buying books for fall classes. But nearly 4,000 students enrolled in an entry-level chemistry classes will have one...

Bonus-happy regents reign

August 30, 2012

Next year, the economy will likely continue to stink, and university budget cuts will remain a topic of discussion. But, in a new development, each of the UT System’s 15 presidents will be eligible...

Want to write for the Texan?

August 27, 2012

The Daily Texan Editorial Board is currently accepting applications for columnists and cartoonists. We’re looking for talented writers and artists to provide as much diversity of opinion as possible....

Make this a habit

August 6, 2012

Why should you read The Daily Texan? This fall will bring a presidential election, the U.S. Supreme Court’s review of race-conscious admissions at the University of Texas at Austin, (which could...

Lessons from the Happy Valley

July 30, 2012

“First it giveth, then it taketh away.” The rock band Queens of the Stone Age lyrics sum up the situation at Pennsylvania State University. On July 23, the National Collegiate Athletic Association...

Board of Regents, Supreme Leaders

July 23, 2012

Earlier this month, the UT Board of Regents denied President Bill Powers Jr.’s request to make an official statement about Iran’s imprisonment of Omid Kokabee, a UT physics graduate student....

Don’t strike voters

July 16, 2012

Almost 18 Texans are struck by lightning each year and nine live to tell the tale. With a state population of over 25 million, a Texan’s odds of dying that unusual death are one in three million. The...

Re-thinking the GOP platform

July 9, 2012

“We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE)...

Summer reading

July 2, 2012

Editor’s Note: What book did you read in college that most influences the way you think today? We posed that question to a well-known UT alum, a coach, two professors and a high-profile administrator....

Baking & fracking

July 2, 2012

Does baking a cake make a mess in the kitchen? No, not literally. The chemical changes that occur when cake batter sits in a hot oven do not directly cause spills, greasy counter tops and other reasons...

Quotes to Note: Affordable Care Act

June 25, 2012

Editor’s note: Many college students rely on their parents’ health insurance plan, but soon they may well be on their own and planning to care for their parents. What should students look out...

Who’s scared of graduation rates?

June 18, 2012

Last month Dr. David Laude, current interim dean of the College of Natural Sciences, was appointed “Graduation Rate Champion.” When he begins his new job in July, Laude will be charged with...

New Kids on the Block: Graduation Rate Champion David Laude

June 18, 2012

Editor’s note: David Laude, currently interim dean of the College of Natural Sciences, will begin serving as Graduation Rate Champion July 15. During one of a series of interviews with new hires...

Don’t lose the sheep

June 11, 2012

Zachary Foust wants to teach high school history after he graduates from UT. From his outer-aisle seat in Hogg Auditorium, Zachary looked wide-eyed at the name-tagged, incoming-freshman masses all waiting...

New kids on the block: Ward Farnsworth

June 11, 2012

Editor’s note: Ward Farnsworth began June 1 as dean of the University of Texas School of Law. Before he started, Farnsworth served as an associate dean at Boston University School of Law. Farnsworth...

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New kids on the block: Gage Paine

June 7, 2012

Editor’s note: Gage Paine was recently appointed UT vice president for student affairs, and begins serving Aug. 1. Paine is a UT graduate, and has served as vice president for student affairs at...

Heart-ing Powers

June 4, 2012

Ross McBee, a third-year biology major, remembers driving to dinner on 24th Street with his roommates last fall, when a black Porsche pulled up. At first, McBee and his pals merely admired the car, and...

Quotes to note: college and costs

June 4, 2012

Editors’ Note: In the May 29 primary, both parties put non-binding propositions on their ballots, which don’t become law, but merely gauge support for an issue. Texas Democrats voted on and...

Longhorn of the year

May 4, 2012

Judith Zaffirini The state senator from Laredo and proud UT alumna has been the defender-in-chief for her alma mater at the not-always-friendly state Capitol. Zaffirini’s main line of work this...

Gilligan’s island

May 3, 2012

The UT System Board of Regents granted permission to the University to negotiate the purchase of another piece of land at its meeting Wednesday, according to The Daily Texan. The land is in the area currently...

Make a move on tuition

May 2, 2012

Tuition may be important enough for the UT System Board of Regents to talk about after all. Today marks the beginning of the board’s two-day meeting, and tuition has finally made the agenda. Students...

Quotes to Note: From a former UT quarterback to the new UT System student regent

May 1, 2012

Editor’s note: From a former UT quarterback to the new UT System student regent, these are among our favorite quotes from the past several days. “Funny, I thought the taxpayers of Texas had...

Vote in citywide elections today

April 30, 2012

Students should make sure to exercise their hefty political potential by voting in city elections, as early voting begins today. All of the incumbents — Mayor Lee Leffingwell and city council members...

Quote To Note: From President Barack Obama to presidential candidate Mitt Romney

April 27, 2012

“When we recognize that commercialization is a tool for the university to achieve its mission — research, education, service, public good — the way we deal with industry will fundamentally...

A prescription for local medical education

April 25, 2012

On Sunday, the Austin American-Statesman reported that the Seton Family of Hospitals pledged up to $250 million for a new Austin hospital to replace the University Medical Center at Brackenridge. Brackenridge...

Deciding on geographic representation

April 24, 2012

In February, Austin’s Charter Revision Committee approved a “10-1” proposal for City Council representation — with 10 geographic, single-member districts and one at-large mayor...

Burnt orange letter

April 24, 2012

Earlier this month, the Faculty Council sent a letter to UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa to convey its “strong support” of the tuition increases proposed by the Tuition Policy Advisory...

Quotes to Note: Gubernatorial Re-election

April 23, 2012

Editor’s note: From the election of a mascot to the re-election of a governor, these are among our favorite quotes from the past several days. “It’s certainly good to have someone who’s...

Quotes To Note: From the honoring of a legend to the fight for workers’ rights

April 20, 2012

“Students took lessons that they learned in the classes taught here at UT ... and applied them to the real-world situation of the conditions of their own education and asked the University to commit...

Nominate a Longhorn of the Year

April 19, 2012

The Daily Texan Editorial Board is seeking suggestions for our Longhorn of the Year distinction. The Longhorn of the Year is an individual who had the most positive impact on the UT community throughout...

Prioritizing everything accomplishes nothing

April 19, 2012

As students in the UT System await the decision that will mean the fate of tuition for the next two academic years, researchers warn that tuition increases across the state are limiting the accessibility...

The fringe that makes us cringe

April 18, 2012

Dispelling any concerns that he would avoid the spotlight after his spectacularly failed presidential run, Gov. Rick Perry unveiled his new budget proposal, the Texas Budget Compact, on Monday. The proposal...

Fewer grapes won’t fix gripes

April 17, 2012

As Marvel Studios gets ready to roll out its planet-saving team in The Avengers, President William Powers Jr. triumphantly announced the creation of his own squad of well-footed business leaders to improve...

Quotes to note: from tobacco bans to text messages

April 16, 2012

Editor’s note: From tobacco bans to text messages, these are among our favorite quotes from the past several days. “You might say — just this one time — that what STOPS here changes...